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Humphrey Bogart The Maltese Falcon Makeup Photo
David Lee Guss
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Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) never made a film with Duke but like Duke spent years in the Hollywood wilderness.
Humphrey DeForest Bogart, son of an opium addicted surgeon, had been a minor success on Broadway playing juvenile tennis players.
Fox brought him to Hollywood in the early days of the talkies but he was not a success. He was a smash on Broadway a few years later as the gangster (modeled on John Dillinger) Duke Mantee in "The Petrified Forest."
He should have been a star when the play was filmed in 1936 at Warner Brothers but he subsequently was cast over the next five years in many forgettable productions including gangster films playing second fiddle to James Cagney or Edward G. Robinson.
The one director Duke Wayne could not stomach was John Huston (1906-1987). Their "The Barbarian & the Geisha" (1958) is one of Duke's poorest films.
Huston and Bogart, in turn, were the best of friends with Huston directing "Bogie" in many of his greatest cinema triumphs. The first was the film noir classic "The Maltese Falcon" (1941).
Huston had been a screenwriter for 10 years in Hollywood before being given a chance to direct his first film - "The Maltese Falcon." He was so little known that his name is misspelled in this test still for the movie.
Duke barely knew Bogart but, according to his wife, Betty Bacall, he and Fred Astaire "were the first to send send flowers and good wishes after Bogart was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 1956."
Like Duke he died of cancer and like Duke was featured as one of those chosen by the US Postal Service for their "Legends of Hollywood" series launched in 1995 with Marilyn Monroe.
Bogart was honored in 1997, Duke 7 years later and Gary Cooper in 2009.
@2009 David Lee Guss Film homage, JW, makeup photo, Humphrey Bogart, The Maltese Falcon, 1941, 1941-2009
April 18th, 2013
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